Support for Israel
I support Israel! I support Israel 100%. I am a VERY patriotic, red white blue bleeding, Christian American male and I support Israel.
Now that is out of the way and I can proceed.
Israel is considered a STATE, as in the State of Israel. I consider Israel to be a NATION! I'll be the first to admit that I am not real clear on the what the technical difference is between a state, country and nation is. Israel is part of the United Nations, and while I rarely agree or support the U.N, Israel MUST be a Nation because they are a member of the United NATIONS!
I might note here that Benjamin "BiBi" Netanyahu is my personal hero. There is NO ONE alive that I'd rather meet and have a conversation with or have as a close friend.
Benjamin Netanyahu bio-
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
2009-Present Prime Minister
2005-2009 Chairman of Likud, Leader of the Opposition
2003-2005 Minister of Finance
2002-2003 Minister of Foreign Affairs
1999-2002 Consultant to hi-tech companies
1996-1999 Prime Minister
1993-1996 Chairman of Likud, Leader of the Opposition
1991-1992 Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Office
1988-1991 Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
1984-1988 Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations
1982-1984 Deputy Chief of Mission, Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC
1980-1982 Member of the senior management, Rim Industries, Jerusalem
1978-1980 Head of the Jonathan Institute, an NGO devoted to the study of terror
1976-1978 Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group
1972-1976 B.Sc. in Architecture, M.Sc. in Business Management, MIT
1967-1972 Soldier and officer in "Sayeret Matkal", an IDF special forces unitBenjamin Netanyahu was born in 1949 in Tel Aviv and grew up in Jerusalem. His high school years were spent in the United States, where his father, the historian Benzion Netanyahu, taught and conducted historical research. Returning to Israel in 1967, Mr. Netanyahu enlisted in the IDF and served in an elite unit of the Israeli army, Sayeret Matkal. He took part in several operations, including the rescue of hostages in a hijacked Sabena airplane in 1972. In the same year, he was cited for outstanding operational command by General Mordechai Gur, Chief of Israel’s Northern Command. After his discharge from the IDF in 1972, Mr. Netanyahu served in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and was promoted after the war to the rank of captain in the Reserves.
Mr. Netanyahu received a B.Sc. degree in Architecture and an M.Sc. in Business Management from MIT. He also studied political science at MIT and at Harvard University.
Between 1976 and 1982 Mr. Netanyahu worked in the private sector, first with the Boston Consulting Group, an international business consultancy, and then as a member of senior management position of Rim Industries in Jerusalem.
In 1979 and 1984 Mr. Netanyahu organized two international conferences that emphasized the need to fight terror groups and the regimes supporting them. US Secretary of State George Schultz has written that Mr. Netanyahu's public advocacy and books had a decisive influence in shaping American policy toward fighting terrorism.
In 1982, Mr. Netanyahu was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC. From 1984 to 1988, he served as Israel's Ambassador to the UN, and became renowned for championing Israel's cause in the international arena. He successfully led the effort to declassify the United Nations archives on war crimes committed by Nazi Germany.
Returning to Israel in 1988, Mr. Netanyahu was elected to the Knesset on the Likud party list and was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs. During the Gulf War he served as Israel's principal spokesman in the international media. In 1991 he participated in the Israeli delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference and in the first Strategic Cooperation talks between Israel and the United States.
In 1993 Mr. Netanyahu was elected Likud party chairman and served as Leader of the Opposition until being elected Prime Minister of Israel in 1996.
During his first term as Prime Minister, the number of terror attacks against Israel decreased dramatically. Mr. Netanyahu also advanced the peace process with the Palestinians, signing both the Hebron and Wye Accords. Mr. Netanyahu liberalized foreign currency regulations, accelerated privatization of government-owned companies and reduced the budget deficit. During his term in office, foreign investment reached record highs.
In 2002, after three years in the private sector, Mr. Netanyahu returned to politics, first as Minister of Foreign Affairs and then as Minister of Finance. He enacted sweeping economic reforms that helped pull Israel out of a deep recession and place it on a path of long-term growth. He controlled government spending, reformed the welfare system, cut tax rates, privatized major state-owned industries, reformed the pension and welfare systems and enacted a major capital market reform. Following these reforms, Israel enjoyed robust growth, lower unemployment and rapidly declining debt levels.
In 2005, Mr. Netanyahu assumed the position of leader of the opposition. He led the opposition in a responsible manner and gave support to the government during the Second Lebanon War in 2006 and Operation Cast Lead in 2009.
In 2009, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the second time,
In 2013, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the third time.
In 2015, Mr. Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister for the fourth time.
Mr. Netanyahu has written and edited the following books that appeared in Hebrew and English, with some also translated into Chinese, Russian, French, Arabic, Japanese and other languages:
Self-portrait of a Hero: The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu (1963-1976), co-editor, with Iddo Netanyahu (1978)
International Terrorism: Challenge and Response, editor (1979)
Terrorism: How the West Can Win, editor (1987)
A Place Among the Nations: Israel and the World (1992)
Fighting Terrorism: How Democracies Can Defeat Domestic and International Terrorism (1996)
Mr. Netanyahu is married to Sara, a psychologist, and is the father of three. The Netanyahu family lives in Jerusalem.
This information is correct as of October 19, 2015.
Country in the Middle East
Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Its financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for Bauhaus architecture, beaches and nightlife.
Prime minister: Benjamin Netanyahu
President: Reuven Rivlin
Neighboring countries: Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon
I won't take the time and effort to put in here a lengthy explanation of Israel, but instead I will put in a hyperlink TO ISRAEL HERE to Wikipedia (<--- click it) where there is a rather lengthy page on Israel and far more information than I can impart. If you want o learn more about ISRAEL then I would suggest that as a good place to start. Google can give you many more places to garner info.
You can also visit ISRAEL.COM to find more information on the highlights and cultural information geared more towards tourists and casual information seekers.
Here is a direct link to-ISRAEL GOVERNMENT PORTAL
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Israels PRIME MINISTERS OFFICE website
Government 34 Israels government is much different than America's. This link is to all of their governments different "parts". Interesting and confusing at the same time.